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Windows 7 - How to Change Your Screen Resolution in Windows 7

Using the optimal screen resolution that your monitor is designed for will greatly improve the look and feel of your display. Flat-screen monitors have what is called a native resolution. This is the resolution that the monitor is designed to display. Using other resolutions, although possible, will make the display look washed-out and poor quality. The native resolution of your monitor is always the same as the highest resolution that it will display. The higher the resolution, the smaller text and other things will appear on screen. With lower resolutions, everything looks much larger and you effectively have much less space on the screen to work with.

Changing the screen resolution in Windows 7 is a quick and simple job that only takes a few clicks of the mouse. Just follow these simple steps to select the optimal resolution for your display.

Right-click anywhere on your desktop and select "Screen resolution." The Screen Resolution control panel section will appear. This is also accessible from the control panel itself by clicking "Adjust screen resolution" underneath the "Appearance and Personalization" section. If you're using multiple displays, you can configure them all in this section.

If you are using multiple monitors, choose the one with the resolution you want to change beside "Display." Ignore this drop-down box if you're only using one monitor. Beside "Resolution," open the drop-down box and choose the recommended display. This will normally be the highest resolution available. If you are using a traditional CRT monitor rather than a flat-screen, feel free to choose whichever resolution your eyes feel most comfortable with. With flat-screens, you should only use the recommended resolution otherwise the display quality will be poor. If, however, your eyes find the native resolution of the monitor uncomfortable, you should increase the font sizes rather than lower the resolution. You can do this by clicking "Make text and other items larger or smaller."

Finally, you can change the orientation of the display if you want, although there aren't many situations where you will need to touch this option!

When you're happy with your setting, click on "OK" to continue. Windows will give you fifteen seconds to choose whether or not you want to keep your settings or revert back to how they were before. The reason for this is that sometimes the display may stop working. If this happens, it will automatically revert back to normal after 15 seconds. Troubleshooting Sometimes, you may find that the resolution you want is unavailable. If you're sure that the monitor's native resolution is not available to choose from, then you most likely have a problem with your graphics card drivers. Solving this is usually quite straightforward. Download and install the latest drivers for your graphics card. If you're not sure which graphics card you have, consult your computer's manual or dealer. Most standalone graphics cards are manufactured by either nVidia or ATI and each company provides a single driver for all of its cards.


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